Cycling Partner Basics
Cycling begs for a great training partner; it is extremely conducive to forming and maintaining an athletic and social network. If you spend hours cycling to get in shape or train for a race, you eventually will want a bit of company.
One of the great things about cycling is that you can share some of the workload and still get excellent results. Even better, you can feel as if you are working less while actually going faster and stronger! This seemingly impossible, contradictory phenomenon is known as ‘drafting’ in the cycling world. Drafting involves placing your front wheel as closely behind your partner’s back wheel as possible while riding, without bumping her. The partner in front thus breaks some wind resistance and allows you to pedal at a more rapid speed, with the same amount or less effort. You and your cycling partner should try alternating the front position. You can also find a cycling group to ride with which will give you even more people to help break the wind resistance.
Your cycling partner doesn’t have to be of an equal caliber as you, in fact, if you ride with someone a bit faster, you will rapidly improve because you are trying to match their level. You can try riding with a couple different people to figure out whose pace is right for you, and to find equilibrium. Generally a moderate difference between ability levels is not a huge hindrance.
Lastly, but certainly still important, your partner should be someone you feel comfortable conversing with. When it comes down to it, it’s you, the road, and your partner- a flat partner is not replaced as easily as a flat tire. Once you've found a partner, decide where and when you are going to work out. Start by deciding on a route. Find or create a Cycling Route here at FitLink.
City Cycling Safety Tips
Safety is super important when riding in any city. Cyclists and motorists have to share the road properly in order to prevent accidents. In most cases, the cyclist will be the one who suffers severe injury.
City Cycling Safety Tips
1) Follow all the traffic regulations: this will ensure that you and the motorists can anticipate every move and respond accordingly.
2) Ride in a straight line: avoid weaving in and out of traffic. Maneuvering around slowly moving or parked cars increases the likelihood that you collide with unexpected obstacles.
3) Ride with traffic: stay in the center of the lane. Make all right turns in the lane farthest to the right and all left turns in the lane farthest to the left.
4) Beware of sudden doors opening: try to ride at least 4 feet away from parked cars and watch the traffic behind you in case you have to swerve.
5) Never ride on the sidewalk: sidwalks are for pedestrians. If you have to use a sidewalk, get off of your bicycle and walk it.
The better cyclists get at obeying traffic laws and riding safely, the more cities will be willing to create cycling lanes. The more cyclists there are on the road, the less smug there will be. Plus cyclists can't honk loud horns. Be smart and ride safe!
Cycling trips and bicycling tours have become a hot travel option. Cycling is a great way to see a new city, state or country while staying active and not spending a lot of time in tourist areas. There are a variety of trips to choose from including day-long cycling trips and week-long cycling trips. Once you've decided to take a cycling trip, be sure to learn everything you need to pack and what to expect in terms of riding times and terrain.
The first thing to do when you've signed up for a cycling tour is to begin training. Most cycling trips are for road cyclists and so you should be prepared to ride for many miles and long hours. Try starting with a combination of regular cycling and a gym workout such as our Best Core Workout For Athletes. Since you will be riding on numerous different roads, highways, and expressways, be sure you always obey all traffic rules. Basic riding in a group rules include: pass on the left, use hand signals, ride in same direction as traffic and ride single file. Check ahead of time to see what type of terrain you will be cycling on, so that you can train on that type of terrain beforehand.
Being prepared for a cycling trip involves more than just training and safety. You need to also know what to pack. Pack clothing you can layer to accommodate any changes in weather. Bring at least spf 15 to cover your face and exposed bodyparts. Wear padded shorts to prevent soreness. Carry snacks like granola bars, fruit and nuts. And always have water on you. Drink plenty of water before, during and after every cycling excursion.You should also know basic bicycle repair, beyond just changing your tire and should carry a maintainence kit with you.
Gather a group of your friends together today and sign up for a cycling trip. You can create a Cycling Group here at FitLink to track your workouts and stay in touch up until your departure date.
Cycling is the longest part of the triathlon. Typically, if you are a strong cyclist, you will have a better overall time. Unlike in traditional cycling races, you are not allowed to draft in triathlons, so you will need to learn to be an effective solo cyclists. It’s a great idea to spend some of your time drafting during training to increase your cadence and capacity, but don’t be afraid to take a few solo days as well, or just practice riding beside a friend instead of directly behind. Spin bikes are also a great way to practice cadence and strength, especially when you are short on time or are hindered by weather. Again, don’t depend on spin training and then expect to be fully comfortable on the open road.Mixing it up can be beneficial. Lastly, the blood sits differently in your legs during cycling as opposed to running, so hopping off the bike to start running can be a bit wobbly and awkward. Take some time to practice this transition.